Starting primary school can be a big change for children and their families. The link below may be useful for parents to help their child prepare for their transition into primary school. If your child is aged 2 or over, contact the school office to express an interest and we will be able to organise a tour of the school and talk through the process of applying for a place.
Early Years Transition
When your child starts in the Clee Hill Community Nursery or Reception Classes (known as Early Years), they will benefit from the opportunity to take part in a transition process to help them settle into school.
- To increase children’s confidence and to familiarise themselves with their new setting and staff
- Ensure children settle more quickly within their first few weeks of starting
- Parents to share concerns/worries and get to know staff
- Staff to become familiar with the children and their families, gather information such as children’s interests and abilities so that environment can reflect this from day one.
In the nursery setting, children are encouraged to look around the setting with their parents/ carers and meet the staff. Using class dojo, they can send photos of their child and update staff on their interests and hobbies. This provides staff with an initial idea of the children, their relationship with their parents and any other issues which can be prepared for early on.
The transition process into Reception is a six week transition where the children spend one afternoon a week in their new classroom with their new class teacher and TA, alongside staff from Nursery. The transition runs alongside a transition parent evening and an open afternoon where parents and carers can play alongside their child in their new setting. The Nursery children are used to the school setting as the eat their lunch in the hall with the school and have music and PE lessons in the main building. They also join the main school for some whole school events such as reading miles assemblies.
Transition between Classes ('Moving Up')
All staff get to know the children well due to the small size of the school. At the end of each year, the children spend a half day in their new classroom with their new class teacher and support staff. This is known as 'Moving Up Day'. If your child has any concerns or additional needs all staff are happy to meet and discuss what extra provision can be put in place to reassure them and provide a positive start in the next class. Some children may have additional transition opportunities, especially if they are pupils with additional needs.
Throughout the primary school, we have very close links with other schools in our Trust including Lacon Childe Secondary School. The Young Leaders Sports sessions are one example of the children attending events at the school and becoming used to the setting and routines. In addition, members of staff also run sessions at Clee Hill Community Academy such as STEM days where the class is taught by Lacon Childe School teachers. Pupils at CHCA are very familiar with the secondary school site and develop confidence from the regular visits.
In the summer term of Year 6 there is a clear transition programme in place to support pupils with their move to secondary school. At Clee Hill Community Academy, we follow a transition programme which focuses on developing resilience and building on their growth mindset skills called Be Awesome, Go Big. Below are the resources which we use including support for parents and pupils.
Each local secondary school as a transition program which works closely with CHCA, Year 6 teachers meets with all secondary transition leaders and ensures a detailed handover is given for each child. Transition days and open evenings for parents are made part of the transition process for Year 5 and Year 6 children.